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5th Annual EPIC and Care Leavers' Ireland Conference: "What's Good Enough?"








We are delighted to announce our upcoming conference in Dublin Castle on 13th October 2017.
“What’s Good Enough?”
To celebrate the 5th National Care Leavers’ Day EPIC and Care Leavers Ireland are hosting an innovative conference aimed at young people moving towards Aftercare, in Aftercare and professionals who work with them.  
The focus of this conference is “What’s Good Enough?”, to promote the positive transition from care to aftercare, highlight the importance of positive mental health and mental health interventions, and to focus on how we can improve educational outcomes for care leavers and discuss pathways to accommodation for young people in aftercare.
Please reserve date in your calendar and booking details to follow.
Date:              13 October 2017
Venue:           Georges Hall, Dublin Castle.



Research Opportunity

Were you in care for 5 years or more? Are you aged 25-35? Would you be willing to share your experiences of school and education?

eavanMy name is Eavan Brady and I am a student researcher at Trinity College Dublin. I am doing a study of the educational experiences of adults who were in care as children. I am hoping to hear from people with a wide range of educational experiences – whether your experience was positive, challenging, and/or is continuing, I would like to hear from you!

By hearing from adults with care experience, I hope to learn about the different life experiences that influence the education of children in care and people who have left care. I hope this information will help to improve the education of children in care and those leaving care in the future.

If you take part in this study, I will interview you for 90 minutes in a place that suits you. The interview will start by me asking you to tell me your ‘educational story’ from your earliest memory to present day. If you would like to find out more, please contact me!

* Phone: 085-2022811

* Twitter: @eavanrb

* Study Website:

Thank you!


Congratulations on a successful Care Day!

EPIC’s main event this year was held on Friday the 17th in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, while other Care Day celebrations were occurring all around the country.EPIC organised two football tournaments, one on the 15th with Don Bosco Care, which features teams from many Irish charities, and one on the 17th of February in Cork. EPIC’s Limerick office hosted a Care Day coffee break in the social services office on the 17th, and the children from EPIC’s Galway Fora invited their friends to a Care Day party with Bowling and laser tag.

Two young care leavers features on the Facebook page and website “Humans of Dublin“, to share their care experience. Many social work teams and partner organisations organised events to celebrate Care Day, and shared selfies and wishes for children in care, which were shown during our event in the Ombudsman’s office. We wish to thank all those who participated for their support and their kind words.

During the event in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, EPIC premiered a video called “My Life In Numbers”, a piece written, directed and edited by members of EPIC’s staff and performed by Laura O’Leary.

We wish to thank the children and young people who attended our creative workshop and our event in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children. We are already looking forward to Care Day 2018!


From our Facebook page..

Congratulations Michael Marshall ! Michael's production ' Happy Birthday Jacob' will be running from August 15th - August 26th in The New Theatre: Dublin. Check it out! It's brilliant!

Michael will also be contributing to our annual conference in October and we can't wait to work with Michael again.
Best of luck from all in EPIC
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